Christmas is a wonderful season, but it can be easy to get distracted by gifts this time of year. When I stop and really remember the greatest gift of all – the gift of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ – I am overwhelmed and humbled.

In the spirit of giving, Focus on the Family Canada has two free gifts for you! Our new original Christmas story titled “Special Bunny and Christmas Spirit” provides a reminder for the whole family to put Jesus at the centre of our celebrations. Just click here to view this free PDF story, as well as past Christmas stories that were written to lift your spirits.

If your children or grandchildren are looking for something fun to do this Christmas season, we’ve got you covered! Download our free PDF Adventures in Odyssey Christmas Activity Booklet, filled with games, challenges and more, featuring your favourite friends from the town of Odyssey!

Whether you gather with family, friends and loved ones, or if gatherings are too difficult for you this year, I encourage you to celebrate the greatest gift we were given so many years ago, and the gift that’s available to us with each new day: God’s hope, peace, joy and love.

I want to acknowledge that this time of year may not be peaceful or joyous for some of us. If you find this season to be a struggle, we want you to know we’re here for you. You can call our team at 1.800.661.9800 or email [email protected] for prayer support, resource recommendations or to book a free one-time phone consultation with one of our in-house counsellors. Whatever you’re dealing with, you don’t have to face it alone.

Merry Christmas, from my family to yours!

Jean-Paul Beran, MA
Focus on the Family Canada